Category Archives: smartphone

SanDisk announces their new 128GB microSD card

SanDisk-128GB-microSDXC_610x419If you have constantly been deleting photos, videos, or apps to save some memory on your phone, then you will be delighted to hear that SanDisk announced their new microSD card that has a capacity of 128GB.

These new cards will be using the faster speed UHS-1 interface for faster read and write speeds. It will be available to purchase only at BestBuy.com and Amazon.com from anywhere between $30 and $200.

Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to use this new memory card since some phones come with the earlier microSDHC standard (maxes out at 32GB). But if you think you will be picking one of these up soon, comment below with your thoughts!

Full story here.

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Galaxy S5 available to the public April 11

galaxy s5Sprint and T-mobile announced this morning that their newest Galaxy device will be available to purchase on April 11. Unfortunately, there has been nothing said about the price of the phone or even the availability but both carriers promised to give more information in the upcoming weeks (along with AT&T who also announced they will be offering the device).

Samsung VP of European Telecom Operations Jean-Daniel Ayme said that the Galaxy S5 along with other new Galaxy devices will all be available in about 150 countries.

Samsung unveiled the phone Monday at the Mobile World Congress. The review of the phone can be seen here.

Are any of you planning on picking one up? Tell us what you think below!

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USB 3.0 Coming To Your Smartphone

Companies have been saying that by the end of 2012, USB 3.0 will be implemented in your smartphones and tablet PCs which will allow speedier data transfer than the current USB 2.0 standard.

USB 3.0 allows for data transfer rates of around 625 MB/s, which is 10 times faster than USB 2.0, whose maximum data transfer speed is 60 MB/s. The USB 3.0 transfer speed on mobile devices won’t be that fast, but it will be much faster than now.

Devices using USB 3.0 will also take a lot shorter of time to fully charge.

USB Implementers Forum also said it aims to reduce the size of USB 3.0 ports on laptops, as it’s becoming a limiting factor in laptop thinness.

Verizon Fixing 4G Network Problems

Verizon released a statement this evening saying that although there has been “hiccups” recently, they have seen 99% availability for its 4G LTE network for the year and the recent problems that have popped up have been unrelated to one another.

“Each incident has been different from a technical standpoint,” the company said. “Our engineers have successfully diagnosed those past triggering events, and they have not re-occurred. We also work diligently to rectify technical problems in the Network before they affect any customers.”

Verizon is still working on some key changes in the network in order to prevent these outages from happening in the future.

“Among the numerous measures we have taken or will take are: geographic segmentation, which enables us to isolate, contain and rectify network performance issues, and maintain service to the majority of customers when an issue does develop.”

Verizon also said that it’s rolling out “software fixes” that will boost performance and improve reliability.

“Being a pioneer comes with growing pains,” Verizon said. “The recent issues that affected our customers’ 4GLTE service were unforeseen despite careful, diligent planning, deployment and ongoing upgrade programs.”

Updates on Verizon issues.

New App Wakes You Earlier If It Snowed Last Night

The almost new app, Winter Wake-Up, is a simple app available for purchase on both the Apple and Android market.  This app simply wakes you up earlier if it snowed in your area overnight.   The app lets you configure its settings to wake you up earlier than your scheduled alarm depending on weather conditions, with separate settings for both “Frost” and “Snow.”

Many people are asking the use of this app and the answer to that lies in the question, “Have you ever been late to work/school because of having to dig out your car or driveway?”.  If so, then yes, this app will become extremely helpful to you.

 

Swype’s Holiday Season Present To You

Swype, the Android keyboard that lets you type (or swype, rather) faster than you ever thought possible, has a present for you this holiday season.  With the recent development of Siri, the voice controlled app, it seems that these voice controlled apps are becoming the future of smartphones.

That said, Swype is launching a new beta with Nuance’s Dragon dictation built right in (see video below). Chances are the actual transcription isn’t faster than your swypes, especially if you’re a veteran Swype user, but when your hands are tied up Dragon should really come in handy.

This new app will also allow you to download a number of different languages.  Unfortunatly, if your phone came pre-loaded with Swype, this beta will not work on your phone.  Instead, you will have to wait until the complete launch of the Swype update to start using it.

To get the new update, just visit Swype’s site from your phone and register with an email address. You will then be sent a download link and be ready to go.

5 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas is quickly approaching with only two shopping days left, leaving many people running around in desperate search of the “perfect” Christmas gift for their family or friends.  Are you in the same situation? Well fear no more, this is a list of 5 last minute Christmas gift ideas that many have purchased this holiday season.

1. Toys – New apps on both the Android and Apple market can lead to some new “toy” ideas.  One of these is the Griffin Helo TC ($39.99).  This is an inexpensive gadget that will fly for about eight minutes on a single charge and is robust enough for you not to worry about the odd crash landing.  There are many other gadgets like this one out there and they are all very popular this holiday season.

2. Cameras – Although smartphones are getting very close to taking over the camera industry, a dedicated device has the ability to do a lot more for you and your photo taking skills.  There are many brands to choose from (Olympus, Canon, Nikon…etc) as well as different types of picture taking cameras (SLR and DSLR).  This gives you a wide range of options and customizations to choose from.  Some popular cameras this year are the Olympus Pen E-P3, the Canon T3i, and other cameras such as the Nikon Coolpix S6100.

3. Headphones – This is an obvious one.  Headphones in today’s society is a “must have”.  Just like cameras, there are many different brands of headphones that are all equally as popular as the other.  Some popular headphones are the Beats by Dre, as well as Bose headphones.  Of course there are many other brands in the cheaper range such as Skullcandy, Sony, and Philips.

4. Cases – All of the above gadgets are great, but they deserve some sort of protection so you can actually get your money’s worth out of them. Brunswick England’s $55, hand-stitched Kindle case, for example, offers a pleasing balance between quality and price. If you want to go the whole hog, however, Mulberry and many more will swaddle your iPad or BlackBerry in almost any material you care to imagine.

5. Video Games – This should be a given for any child/teen out there today.  Most likely, they own some sort of gaming console (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii) and will be wanting the latest game to enjoy.  There are thousands of games to choose from but some of the more popular games and accessories this holiday season include: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Xbox 360’s Kinect, PlayStation 3’s Move, Battlefield 3, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Win a Windows 7 Phone For Having the Worst Malware?

Recently, Google has removed 22 malware infected applications from its Android Market.  The apps in question, spotted by security firm Lookout, mainly targeted Android smartphone users across Europe and included premium SMS fraud services that cost users money.

The main culprit was called RuFraud and affected users all throughout Europe.  The malware didnt’ make it across seas to the U.S.

This latest malware scare has caused Microsoft’s Windows Phone evangelist Ben Rudolph to make an offer through Twitter to Android users who have been affected by this malware.

On Monday Rudolph tweeted, “More malware on Android! Been hit? Share yr #droidrage story to win a #windowsphone upgrade. 5 best (worst?) win!” and later “Been nailed with Android malware and have #Droidrage? Share [your] story with me … you might win an upgrade to a #windowsphone!”

People have been sending in their stories all day.  Time to send in yours!

Google Removes Selected Apps From Android Market

Earlier this week, Google removed 22 fraudulent apps from the Android Market that supposedly unknowingly charged users who downloaded them on their devices.  These apps seemed harmless to many functioning as games or even just wallpaper apps.

Apparently, these forecasts and other apps have been ploys for criminals to lure consumers into clicking on options that led to premium charges tied to SMS usage.

Lookout Mobile Security posted about RuFraud on its website, which appeared in batches of horoscope, wallpaper and game apps that used pop culture appeal in conjuring Angry Birds and “Twilight.”

Google moved quickly in order to remove these apps from the market.  However, more of them have appeared over the weekend taking the place of “free versions” of popuular games.

Lookout stated that they have estimated around 14,000 downloads for all of these apps (mostly in Europe) so if you are part of that group, remove the app ASAP.

New Gaming Rating System For Mobile Industry

Mobile telecom trade group CTIA and the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) will roll out a rating system for mobile applications similar to ratings on other electronic games, the groups announced Tuesday.

From what CTIA said, six storefronts in total will be supporting the rating system.  These include AT&T, Microsoft, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless.

Each company will make its own announcement on when the rating system will be available to customers.

When game developers submit an application to the storefront, will be required to fill out a detailed multiple choice questionnaaire which is designed to assess how appropriate the application is.  The questionnaire will look for violence, sexual content, language and references to controlled substances, as well as whether the app exchanges user-generated content with others and whether it shares the user’s location.

The new rating system received positive reviews from Senators Kelly Ayotte, a New Hampshire Republican, and Mark Pryor, an Arkansas Democrat, as well as the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI).